With the final pick in the 2024 NHL Draft (225th overall), the Maple Leafs have selected 6’4 right-shot defenseman Nathan Mayes of the Spokane Chiefs.

The defense-heavy theme continues for the Leafs‘ 2024 draft, this time with a second right-shot defenseman (meaning, they opened and closed their ’24 draft class with RD picks).

All in all, the Leafs selected four defensemen, one goaltender, two left wingers (one of which shoots right), and one right-shot center among their eight 2024 draft selections.

Nathan Mayes Scouting Report

courtesy of the 2024 Blackbook (BUY NOW)

A former third-round pick in the WHL bantam draft, Mayes played his first season in the WHL this year. He was a nice surprise for the Chiefs, playing in the top four for most of the season with good penalty-killing minutes.

Defensively, Mayes is steady overall. When defending the rush, he retrieves inside the dots to keep the puck carrier on the outside. In the defensive zone, he shows good awareness overall. He’s not overly mean, as he doesn’t chase huge hits, but he is physical when needed and makes stops down low. When defending the net front, he’s aware of his check, looking to box out and tying his stick.

With the puck, Mayes plays a simple game. On breakout retrievals, he uses his size well to establish body position, shield the forechecker, and find the next play. He relies on his partner a lot but will make simple and smart touches. He’s a strong straight-line skater, and he loves to use this tool to carry the puck when there’s space. In the offensive zone, Mayes keeps it simple, moving the puck quickly and shooting when there’s an open lane.

As a WHL rookie with his size, decent athleticism, and IQ, Mayes was a strong defender for his team and has the upside to develop well in the future. To improve his stock as a prospect, adding a few dominant traits to his game would help him a lot.

Director of Amateur Scouting Wes Clark on Nathan Mayes

Last pick of the draft. He’s extremely physical. Big body. I think we know what Tre likes. We try to execute.

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Nathan Mayes Statistics

Season Team League GP G A TP PIM Playoffs GP G A TP PIM
2019-2020 Okanagan Rockets U15 AAABCEHL U152 000 4|
2020-2021 Yale Hockey Academy U15 PrepCSSHL U155 213 2|
2021-2022 Yale Hockey Academy U17 PrepCSSHL U1733 82432 35|Playoffs4 022 6
Yale Hockey Academy U18 PrepCSSHL U181 000 2|
Spokane ChiefsWHL2 000 2|
2022-2023 Yale Hockey Academy U18 PrepCSSHL U1825 31114 40|Playoffs4 134 2
Yale Hockey Academy U18 PrepCircle K Classic4 011 8|
Spokane ChiefsWHL4 011 0|
2023-2024 Spokane ChiefsWHL68 11516 58|Playoffs4 000 2